Betting Special: Sharpshooter Stokes can be Scottish Premiership's top scorer

The top scorer market is always popular with punters and our tipster, William Duncan, is expecting big things from the Celtic forward as his side push for another title
The Scottish Premiership season enters the penultimate weekend of the first round of fixtures on Saturday afternoon and the race to be top scorer in Scotland's top flight looks to be an intriguing one.

Celtic, of course, are red-hot favourites to win the title for a third successive season and, therefore, it is unsurprising that some of Neil Lennon's key attacking assets dominate the betting market.

Anthony Stokes was a bit-part player for the Hoops last season but, following the departure of last season's top scorer, Gary Hooper, to Norwich City in the summer, he has become first-choice striker this term.

Scottish Premiership top scorer

Odds from BetVictor
Anthony Stokes 9/4
Billy McKay 3/1
Teemu Pukki 7/1
Kris Commons 10/1
Niall McGinn 10/1
John Sutton 12/1
The 25-year-old has made a fine start to the season so far, bagging five goals in just six league appearances for the Scottish champions, and the Republic of Ireland international is available at just 9/4 (3.25) with BetVictor to be the Scottish Premiership's top scorer in 2013-14.

Competition for places at Celtic Park, though, is certainly fierce and the acquisition of Teemu Pukki from Schalke could give Lennon food for thought.

Pukki has scored twice in four appearances since joining the Hoops and, should he be afforded more game time by the Celtic boss, then the Finland international could be decent value at 7/1 (8.0) with BetVictor to scoop the prize.

Another Celtic player near the top of the betting market is midfielder Kris Commons. The former Derby County star has scored four goals in seven appearances for the Hoops in the league already this season.

It is worth noting that the 30-year-old is his side's penalty taker and, therefore, there may be value in backing him each-way at a chunky 10/1 (11.0) with BetVictor to be the league's top scorer.

Away from the defending champions, Billy McKay of Inverness Caledonian Thistle is a lively contender.

McKay notched an impressive 27 goals in 45 appearances for Terry Butcher's side last term and has started the season with a bang, scoring eight goals in nine games already during this campaign.

The Northern Ireland international is available at 3/1 (4.0) with BetVictor to be the top scorer in the Scottish Premiership this term and that is a price that could represent value - however, that is provided that Inverness can keep their prized asset beyond the January transfer window.

St Johnstone's Stevie May has made a fine start to the season, scoring four goals in nine games, but speculation about the 20-year-old striker's future is already rife and the 10/1 (11.0) quote from BetVictor carries little appeal.

Aberdeen striker Niall McGinn, who scored 20 league goals for the Dons last season, is a 12/1 (13.0) chance with BetVictor alongside Motherwell striker John Sutton, who has bagged four goals since returning to Fir Park in the summer.

Stokes, though, is deserving of favouritism in this market and should be backed at 9/4 (3.25) with BetVictor.

Anthony Stokes to be Scottish Premiership top scorer at 9/4 (3.25) with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter